|One 54-figure band of Dervish warriors all ready to go.|
Armies In Plastic Dervish figures.
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The Dervish are finished! That's probably what Lord Kitchener said too in 1898.
Today I finished the last six Armies in Plastic 54mm Dervish (ansar) figures that I have been working on lately as part of my 54mm Toy Soldier Sudan Project. It's not an official project unless the letter "P" is capitalized.
|The final six figures are finished.|
The painting recipe for the "White" color scheme is:
IWM Grey 77-707 - base color
P3 Morrow White 93073 - highlight color
The painting recipe for the "Cream" color scheme is:
P3 Jack Bone 93064 - shade color
P3 Menoth White Base 93065 - base color
P3 Menoth White Highlight 93066 - highlight color
The finished figures were given a gloss coat to provide protection from wear and tear.
In the first pair of figures, the fellow on the left illustrates the White scheme, although I altered it a bit by using the creamy Menoth White Highlight as the shade and Morrow White as the highlight color in a two tone recipe.
The second figure, on the right, uses the Cream triad of colors. I kind of like the way that this figure turned out because it gives the jibeh a sort of dirty and worn look that seems more natural than the stark white colors.
|Two different color schemes: white (left) and cream (right)|
|Rear view of the Dervish shown in the previous picture.|
All of these figures had their plastic swords clipped off and replaced with a piece of metal wire. I was surprised by how easy it is to drill through the plastic. I cut the sword off at the hilt, leaving the cross piece on the figure, then I drilled through the cross piece and out the back of the fist. This gives the appearance of a sword with a hilt, otherwise, cutting off the cross piece would make the wire look like a spear instead of a sword.
Here is an example of the same figure pose painted in the two different color schemes:
|Another example of the white versus cream color scheme|
Here are two Dervish painted entirely in the Cream color scheme.
|Two figures using the cream color scheme.|
Finally, here are the last six figures that I painted, bringing the Dervish warband up to 54 figures.
|The final six figures, in situ|
I thoroughly enjoyed painting the AIP 54mm Dervish figures and recommend them if you are interested in a similar project. The price is terrific: 20 figures per box for about $9.00 per box. The figures are sturdy and should hold up well to the wear and tear of wargaming. Finally, the proportions and animation of the figures are the goods, as far as I am concerned. I highly recommend these figures.
Let me know which of the two color recipes that you prefer: White or Cream. Leave a comment or opinion in the Comments box at the bottom of this post. I would really appreciate your input on this as it will help me decide on future Dervish units that I might paint.
So please, please, please and pretty please leave a comment. Let's see if we can break the 20-comment barrier. Go at it lads!